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By Robert T. Trate     July 31, 2012
Source: Facebook/ Weta/ Peter Jackson

New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Warner Bros. Pictures Announce Third Film in The Hobbit Trilogy.

Peter Jackson will make a third film in his upcoming adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema, Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Jackson, the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker behind the blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, recently wrapped principal photography on what he originally planned to be a two-film adaptation of The Hobbit, which is set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings.

Jackson stated, “Upon recently viewing a cut of the first film, and a chunk of the second, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and I were very pleased with the way the story was coming together. We recognized that the richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, gave rise to a simple question: do we tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as filmmakers and fans was an unreserved ‘yes.’ We know the strength of our cast and of the characters they have brought to life.  We know creatively how compelling and engaging the story can be and—lastly, and most importantly—we know how much of the tale of Bilbo Baggins, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur would remain untold if we did not fully realize this complex and wonderful adventure. I’m delighted that New Line, MGM and Warner Bros. are equally enthusiastic about bringing fans this expansive tale across three films.”

Emmerich stated, “We completely support Peter and his vision for bringing this grand adventure to the screen over the course of three films. Peter, Fran and Philippa’s reverence for the material and understanding of these characters ensure an exciting and expanded journey that is bound to please fans around the world.”

“With the abundance of rich material, we fully endorse the decision to further develop what Peter, Fran and Philippa have already begun. We are confident that, with the great care the filmmakers have taken to faithfully bring this journey to the screen, the film will be welcomed by the legions of fans across the globe,” said Barber and Birnbaum.

Robinov added, “Peter, Fran and Philippa have lived in this world and understand more than anyone its tremendous breadth and scope, and the relationships that bind it together.  We strongly support their vision to bring this great work fully to life.”

The first film in the trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will be released December 14, 2012, with the second film releasing on December 13, 2013, and the third film slated for summer 2014. All three films will be released in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes three films based on The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. The trilogy of films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.  Returning cast members from “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy also include Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, and Andy Serkis as “Gollum.”  The international ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro.  Jackson is also producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

Under Jackson’s direction, all three movies are being shot in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Additional filming, as with principal photography, is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and its successive installments are productions of New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing, being handled by MGM.



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SarcasticCaveman 7/31/2012 2:19:03 AM

 Well, I'll go see all 3 of them in IMAX.

SarcasticCaveman 7/31/2012 2:44:04 AM

 I feel like joining Nimoy for a sing-a-long!

flinshadytoo 7/31/2012 3:54:46 AM

 Total BS, it's all about the bejamins! You are talking about one tiny book that I read as a kid, TLOR was an epic 3 books, it's just not the same, if it was the case it should have been 9 films instead as there is much more content.


SarcasticCaveman 7/31/2012 4:01:06 AM

 I understand your stance, flinshadytoo, but if you read it again, The Hobbit, while tiny, yes, was also a series of small adventures that could be expounded upon, not to mention all the extra Tolkien notes they are incorperating...I mean really, at one point, a few years ago, there was talk of actually turning it into a single season hour long TV show.  I would have watched every episode and bought it on DVD.  Just sayin.

But yeah, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't wondering how they'll stretch it out.

ElBaz13 7/31/2012 4:44:24 AM

Movie studios are always trying to find ways to make money since they've been crying poor several years ago. I still remember the "movie attendance" has been down articles every year.

To compensate their losses, they had to figure out how to generate revenue so the lightbulb lit when they saw James Cameron jack up his prices for Avatar and use the 3D excuse as a way of saying "well, yeah, the movie is $2-3 more but it's in 3D". Soon, every studio followed and mostly have done it the cheap way. Spend 5-10 million in post production to convert to 3D and voila! Increase revenue by 25-33%. :(

But it seems like some people are now getting frustrated with 3D (I know I am) and try to avoid this lame gimmick. Studios are catching on. So what to do next???

Split movies in two! Yup...that's the new industry standard now. Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games and now Hobbit. It's a cost cutting easy way to generate cash. Directors (and mostly studios) realize a lot of footage gets dumped on the cutting room floor. Some make it to the deleted scenes sections of DVDs but where is the money in that?

When you think about it, Harry Potter Deathly Hallows is the #2 all time domestic movie and #1 worldwide. Both parts where shot back to back. It cost 125 million each (250 million...same as say Avengers, TDKR) and made a combined 675 million domestic and 2.28 billion worldwide. Not bad for a 4 hour movie.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all up for another LOTR type trilogy and didn't mind seeing Potter part 1 and 2 in the theatres (Although I felt part 1 was just a filler/stretch movie) but....I could see this being abused by studios. Don't be surprised to see other movies in the future get the split.

I could almost see it. Hangover 3 part 1. Step Up 4 part 1, Magic Mike 2 part 1, etc....

Pirre 7/31/2012 4:47:34 AM

Like Caveman I totally trust PJ to do these movies the right way . Everybody said TLOTR couldn't be made into a film, but PJ did just that.

I can see how people would think that The Hobbit was much thinner than TLOTR , so how can it be more than one movie. But TH is a very different book from TLOTR, there is a lot of extra information and side-stories in TLOTR . TH is one story with very little expansion. But a lot of extra stuff can be found in The Silmarillion and TLOTR itself, so I can see how it can be done. He'll probably want to show a little backstory on some of the main characters in TLOTR, how they got involved in it all (I hope).

Now if they were still done by Guillermo del Toro, then I'd be really worried.  I like most of the things he's done, but his style would totally clash with my view of Middle Earth.

elrushbo 7/31/2012 4:56:29 AM

Are they going to film more, or just use what they have to make three films? Seems like they MAY be implying they'll be doing more shooting

Pirre 7/31/2012 5:16:10 AM


I don't agree. Many of these split movies are based on books, and if you want to do the original material some justice you're going to make a long movie. People always forget the differences between books and movies. A five-line backstory on a character in a book can make a big difference in the reader's opinion but would need a complete scene to make sense. In a book the reader can easily read the characters thoughts , but in a movie they need to be explained by either setting the mood, extra scene, an extra character to talk to (Disney usually uses some cute animal the main character can talk at ;-) ) or doing some cheesy voice-over (it can work , but not very often IMHO)

I also kind of disagree with you on the 3D stuff. I like 3D when it is filmed in 3D, when it is converted later it usually sucks. I mean, I love The Avengers, I've seen it a few times now both 2D and 3D, but the 3D didn't do anything for the movie , nothing extra about it.

Hobbs 7/31/2012 5:27:35 AM

Is this an attempt to make more money or tell more of the story?  Need more info first.  If they hire Viggo back to play Aragon then it's more story as his characater plays a big role between Hobbit and Fellowship.  If there are no extended editions I would say it was a cash grab but like I said, lets wait and see.

ElBaz13 7/31/2012 5:54:00 AM


I never said it was truly a bad thing for splitting book adaptations. if you read carefully, my concern is studio greed. I could see it happening with non book adaptations. I'm comparing it to Avatar vs Clash of the Titans. 3D done properly vs 3D not done properly for the sake of more cash. Potter in split books was a great idea (although this should have been done for Goblet of Fire and Order of Phoenix). I did read all of the Hunger Games books and no way the third book should be a 2 part 4 hour movie.

You might disagree with me on the 3D but I still stand by disliking it. Why? 10% of the world's population is 3D blind including me. When I want to go see a movie and the the only showing is in 3D, I'm stuck forking over extra cash for something I'm not benefitting.

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